“We have united as one heart, one mind and one spirit to ‘Pray for America’ declared Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley as he and co-host Commissioner Luis B. Santiago connected with millions of Americans across the country while leading morning, noon and evening services in the City of Opa-locka, as they observed the 62nd Annual “National Day of Prayer” on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
“America has always found a common bond in prayer during times of war, natural disasters and other major tragedies, but since 1951, on the second Thursday in May, we put opposing views and politics aside to connect for the sole purpose of committing to pray for our Nation,” stated the Vice Mayor.
Dominican born Commissioner Santiago, teamed with Vice Mayor Kelley for three bi-lingual services throughout the City, opened the 8:00 AM Unity Prayer Breakfast at New Generation Missionary Baptist Church, 940 Caliph Street in Opa-locka. Santiago acknowledged that the world is in daily need of prayer, but, “Today, we will pray for America, our state and our City,” he exclaimed! Pastor Cristino Pinales of Ministerio Renuevo, with the assistance of translator Andrisell Martinez, extended praise & worship; followed by prayer for the Nation by Pastor Andres Martinez of Puertas Des Ion; prayer for the State by Reverend Rhonda Thomas of New Generation; and prayer for the City by Pastor Hector Barcelona, of Ministerio Evangelico Pentecostal Ruestro De Dios. The keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. Larry T. Walthour of St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church.
At the noon segment of the National Day of Prayer Observance, Kelley and Santiago were joined in prayer, song and praise by Mayor Myra L. Taylor, residents, business owners, employees and friends at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street. The keynote speaker was Dr. Carroll Storrs of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Damp, but dedicated, at 6:00 PM Vice Mayor Kelley followed through on his pledge to worship at the third prayer day service with Pastor Bernice Mikell’s congregation, in spite of the rain. The “Unity in the Community’ worship service was moved from outside tents into the building of Mount Tabor Ministries, 1981 Johnson Street, where the Magnolia North residents believe the community has experienced a major turnabout this year, as a result of corporate and individual commitment and prayer. ‘
Kelley and Santiago presided over the three segmented affair, emphasizing “the need for everyone to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over ALL governments, authorities, and men.”